Congress passed the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) in 1908 in order to protect railroad employees and their families. FELA covers commuter railroad workers, Amtrak employees, and freight railroad workers. The FELA act makes it easier for railroad employees to bring and win FELA lawsuits. It also punishes employers who try and prevent their railroad employees from filing a FELA lawsuit.
FELA helps railroad employees hold their employers accountable for their actions and increases workplace safety. Railroad injuries that may be eligible for a FELA lawsuit include repetitive motion injuries, fractures, electrocution, burns, brain injuries, and slip and falls.
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